Important question indeed. How? Now we are not insurance agents, so no worries about us being the ‘barbers’ who will recommend you run out there and start buying all the policies available. But this is truly a critical consideration when one makes frequent journeys.
Here in our little red dot as in most developed countries, the concept of buying insurance for your travel plan is not new. What piqued our interest in this topic was after reading this article some months back. While the story was one of how claims can go awry and the tips seeming valid, what went through our heads was this question: how do you insure yourself for your travel.
And we are not referring to insurance policies alone. Because that’s only for you to claim monetary compensation. And money isn’t everything. Ok, it is – and we take it back. Gulp. We’ve eaten our words, heard that?
Contingencies. That’s what we are referring to. Are there backup plans that you may have in the event a flight delays and you miss a tour? Remember we almost had the same in the Caymans (here)? To be honest, we would have been deers in the headlights had the operator not pro-offered a later time slot. We did not have a mitigation plan as we were
smooth operators expecting nothing to go wrong. But Mr Murphy struck us unsuspecting. So how?
What kind of ‘insurances’ do you take for yourself when you embark on a journey?
Can you imagine a stick being waved in your face as you walk along? Well, that’s the subject of this ban in Milan some months back. And they are not the only city or attraction to roll out this rule – ie no use of a wefie stick. How risky can it be some may ask?
Well. Did you know that India has been cited to be where the highest incident of fatalites occur from the taking of selfies and wefies? If statistics are reliable (and sure take it with a pinch of salt), it is said that almost half of the fatalities worldwide occurred in India. Most of the occurrences were from falling and drowning. And specifically for India there was mention about railway track deaths too. Even Wiki has an article on this. Wonder if it was because of lack of transparency that we don’t get much of data about fatalities in other countries…
Of course some might be curious as to what numbers are we talking about here. And that’s where we come to a grey area. The Boston Globe suggests 127 fatalities over the last several years (kind vague huh?). Does not sound like a lot? Well every life is precious you know.
We wondered what happened to good ole asking a favour from other folks to take a picture. Because that seems safer and it is pleasant to return the favour too. Unless one is intent on taking risky photos – such as the rooftop ones we cited here. Now that one you’ve signed onto a totally different thing because you know the risk.
Does this convince you to swear off taking selfies or wefies now? Or are you guilty of waving a stick in the air too?
Reading this article in the local newspaper a few months back reminded us of what we wrote about participating in local festivals (here). This one though was about the annual San Fermin festival in Pamplona, you know the one where folks try to front run raging bulls… But today we are penning a “philosophical” piece and not how to dodge an angry bull (hint wearing red underwear does not work). Heheh.
Really? You inquire.
Yes. Today we are in a serious mood (pss… we are actually in Jerusalem now heheh). We want to remind you that even as you venture into another country and/or culture, it is important to be cognizant of what actions may be construed as disrespectful.
Oftentimes we have heard folks complain while they are on a journey. These gripes can be about the weather, the food, the locals. For goodness sake if this is all that one can think about, then why bother to get there in the first place? Remember we are visiting guests and therefore it is we that have to conscious of local customs + get used to the weather or crowds and food/smell. Not the other way around.
It is thus a sad state of affairs to read of increased cases of bad behaviour on planes, anti-social behaviour at attraction sites, vandalism and so on. And it seems that this is a trend, because simply the number of folks on the road have increased exponentially. You might agree that statistically the probability of occurrence increases with volume…
Being a good traveller helps everyone to have a wonderful experience. What do you think?
P.S: Merry Christmas everyone and have a Silent and Holy night!